Lion Foundation Grants

lion logoThe Lion Foundation have ownership of all gaming machines operated in Ashburton Trust owned premises which are;

  • Tinwald Tavern, 103-107 Archibald Street, Ashburton
  • Hotel Ashburton, 11-35 Racecourse Road, Ashburton 
  • Devon Tavern, 116-118 Victoria Street, Ashburton

The decision on which organisations are successful is still made by LOCAL people.  The Grants Distribution committee consists of the six elected Ashburton Trust Board members, the Mayor and two independently appointed Ashburton residents.  All monies generated through the gaming machines in the Ashburton Trust establishments are returned to Mid Canterbury based organisations.  Mid Canterbury is defined geographically (as opposed to Electoral boundaries) as Mountains to Sea and River (Hakatere) to River (Rangitata).  Download map HERE.


Closing Date for grants is March 1st, 2019

Lion Foundation Grants from our February 2019 meeting

The Ashburton Trust is pleased to announce jointly with the Lion Foundation, that it has again provided substantial support to many local groups within the community with its February round of grants. Funding for the grants comes from gaming machines operating in Ashburton Trust premises and $263,884 was distributed to 11 organisations with this round of applications.
Support from this round went to a wide range of organisations with funds going to a mix of operational costs, event costs and long-term infrastructure.
The Mid Canterbury Mountain Bike Club’s project to further develop the Ashburton River Trail and Skills Park is an exciting project which received a significant boost. This River Trail Loop can attract up to 250 riders of all ages on a good day and up to 30 users at a time on the Skills Park, with participation extending to include female and family members over the last three years. The Skills Park has been a draw card for children and youth, and has helped increase the number of Ashburton students competing in regional and national mountain biking events. The funds will be used to install car park lighting, bike wash facilities, balancing features and drinking fountains in addition to trail work and landscaping with native plants.
Primary school students at 18 of 22 schools enrolled in the schools learn to swim and survival skills teaching programme will have costs subsidised by a grant made to the Canterbury West Coast Sports Trust MC. This programme not only teaches children to learn to swim, but it also gives them survival skills so that if they were involved in a water related incident they would have skills to keep themselves safe.
The Ashburton Trust and Lion Foundation have again helped the Lion Club of Ashburton to fund six participants to attend the Berwick Outdoor Experience, for an 8-day outdoor pursuit’s development and leadership course. This experience helps empower participants to increase their confidence, self-esteem, gain valuable life and leadership skills and enhance their personal development and potential to contribute to the wider community long term.
For other applicants, support will help enable resources and running costs to be funded.
Funds distributed with this round of applications are as follows:
  • Ashburton Borough School    $60,000    Chrome books and chairs
  • Ashburton College Alumni Trust Board    $17,701    Coordinator salary and hosting fees
  • Ashburton County Scottish Soc Inc    $17,165    Drum accessories and equipment
  • Ashburton Mackenzie Community Group Inc    $3,000    Rent
  • Ashburton Youth Café Charitable Trust    $15,000    Rent and rates
  • Canterbury West Coast Sports Trust MC    $76,821    Learn to swim programme, lighting
  • Lion Club of Ashburton Charitable Trust    $2,870    Berwick Outdoor Experience
  • Mid Canterbury Choir Charitable Trust    $10,000    Musical director, storage, hire, fees
  • Mid Canterbury Mountain Bike Club Inc    $42,771    Trail work, lighting and bike wash
  • Rakaia Ploughing Match Assn Inc    $9,556    2019 ploughing championships
  • Youth Institute of Ashburton District Charitable Trust    $9,000    Cactus programme costs

Grants for the period from 1st April 2018 now total in excess of $1.3m, spread across a wide range of organisations supporting the community, sports, and education and health initiatives.

Ashburton Trust Lion Foundation Regional Grants Committee

Lion Foundation Net Proceeds Committee

  • All members of the ALT Board
  • Fleur Mulligan
  • Alister Lilley
  • Donna Favel (Mayor)

Next meeting is March 26th, 2019

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Physical Address: 

Level 2, Somerset House, Cnr East & Burnett Streets, Ashburton 7700

Postal Address:   PO Box 217, Ashburton 7740

Phone:   +64 3 307 5911

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